In a blog post, Jerry Coyne regrets that many on the left outright rejects scientific data that seems to contradict their ideological stance. This is particularly acute when it comes to the confrontation between feminism or gender studies and biology. I say « seems », because science doesn’t tell us how the world should be, only how it is. Indeed, our tendency to look up to nature as the autority over everything can make us forget that fact. That is what one can call the « call to nature » pitfall.
A couple of months ago, the Genetic Literacy Project published an article that particularly illustrates the complete disconnect between what science tells us about nature and how political rhetoric portrays it. Entitiled Myth busting on ‘contamination’: GMO farms’ halo effect often protects organic farms, it takes a swipe at the use of the word « contamination » in discussions about the possibility for genetically engineered (GE) and non-GE crops to grow in the same region. Here are the main arguments summarized in 3 points: Plus | More